Heading out on an Alaskan cruise? There is no better place than Vancouver to start. Be sure to plan a few days for exploring this magnificent port city. The cruise ship terminal is central and in easy walking distance to a number of attractions, including historic Gastown and Stanley Park, one of the most popular city parks in the world.
SEE AND BE SEEN IN VANCOUVER
Stay at Fairmont Waterfront, steps from the terminal, and watch your ship glide into port from one of their rooms with a view, or enjoy Fairmont Pacific Rim‘s offerings. Conveniently located near the cruise ship port, you can enjoy 100% Ocean Wise RawBar sushi, and live music seven days a week without ever leaving your hotel. When it’s time to venture out for the day, be sure to take a trip to the top of Vancouver Lookout for panoramic views of the city.
VISIT A TRADITIONAL VILLAGE
Flying out of Vancouver after your cruise? You can make the most of a layover by heading out to nearby Steveston Village. This traditional fishing village in South Richmond offers several walking trails, unique shops and fabulous waterfront seafood dining options.
RELAX AND REJUVENATE
When you just want to recharge, the Willow Stream Spa is an oasis of serenity. The spa is ideal for a day of rest and rejuvenation complete with a private outdoor terrace overlooking the harbour and North Shore Mountains. Try the authentically Canadian “Van Active Body Treatment,” which begins with an invigorating exfoliation followed by time in the steam room and a detoxifying massage.
TAKE A PICTURESQUE FLIGHT TO VICTORIA
If you have a day or two, consider taking Harbour Air Seaplanes or Helijet on an excursion to Victoria, recently recommended by Vogue as “your next weekend getaway.” The flight is an adventure in itself with picturesque views of the West Coast. In just 30 minutes, you will arrive in the seaside city of Victoria. Visit the iconic Fairmont Empress and enjoy a traditional Afternoon Tea before exploring the historical city on foot, by rented bicycle, or horse-drawn carriage.
BOOK YOUR OWN PRIVATE PHOTO SHOOT
You won’t have to pass your camera off to a random passerby if you book your very own vacation photographer through Flytographer. Packages start at 30 minutes and Flytographer’s Shoot Concierge team makes it easy to schedule. Your very own vacation photographer will come to you so you can keep exploring the city while your vacation moments are expertly captured. Our most popular spots for capturing that truly iconic Vancouver photo include historic Gastown, a few blocks from the terminal, Stanley Park and Granville Island.
Whatever you do, Vancouver will not disappoint. This dynamic city has so much to offer, you will be inspired by its energy and beauty just in time for your luxurious cruise up the coast.